As an eight-year-old, I was always on the lookout for the perfect pony book. I had to wait a good few years, but I might finally have found it!
Bryony, her twin brother and their mum have moved to the seaside to be closer to Grandpa after her father dies. Bryony is struggling, despite the lovely new cottage and beautiful scenery, because she misses her riding stable friends and the ponies she had to leave behind when she moved.
Things look up when Bryony calms a pony that has bolted and she quickly bonds with the beautiful creature. For a moment she thinks that she and the pony’s owner can be friends. But it isn’t to be. Georgina, the real owner, has no interest in being friends with Bryony – and even less interest in her pony – she hasn’t even given him a name!
Determined to help the neglected creature, Bryony discovers that Georgina has decided to put the pony up for sale. Will she find a solution before time runs out?
Tracey Corderoy’s writing is at a great level for children who are adventuring into independent reading as has enough horsey vocabulary to feel authentic without being too technical – in fact, the more technical terms that were needed in The Pony With No Name were introduced by funny explanations to other, clueless characters.
The family’s grief at the loss of Dad is handled sensitively and with a light touch and does add another layer to the story which may be explored in future stories.
I was lucky enough to have lunch with Tracey Corderoy a few months ago. What a charming, sharing and funny lady she is! The fact that she has had over 45 books published since 2010 shows what a strong work ethic she has. I wish her the best of luck with the follow up to The Pony With No Name which is the first book in The Seaview Stables Adventures.